Spherio hosts Jasmine, Mary, and Cat speak with guests Sammy, Tracy, and Caroline from Camp Kesem, a camp for a student-run summer camp for kids whose parents have or have had cancer. Kesem is the Hebrew word for magic. Camp Kesem has two goals: one, to provide kids whose parents have or have had cancer with a summer camp experience that gives them a chance to be kids, and two, to allow college students to channel their passion for making a difference, while developing critical leadership... Topics: Camp Kesem, cancer, Spherio, the Spherio Collective
Spherio hosts Amy, Froy, Mary, and Kendra discuss migrant and immigration issues with three different activist groups. Veronica from the Mexico Solidarity Network discusses the terrible human rights situation in Juarez Mexico where hundreds of women have been murdered in the last decade and where workers are losing their jobs due to the economic crisis. Carol from Matahari discusses the work of this Boston-based organization to support immigrants in struggles against domestic violence and labor... Topics: immigration, Juarez, Matahari, Student Immigrant Movement, higher education, immigrant rights
Spherio host Amy Battisti Ashe interviews returning co-hosts Kendra Johnson and Lyndsay Carslile about their summer work in Mexico and upcoming plans for the semester, including a project on affordable housing in Lawrence, MA. Topics: Latin America, Lawrence, Mexico, affordable housing, Interview, Spherio
Spherio hosts Jasmine Park, Froylan Sifuentes, and Mary Masterman interview two MIT sophomores, Coco Agbeyibor and Juan Diaz, about their international development project in Paraguay. Coco and Juan worked with a local NGO, Centro de Informacion y Recursos por el Desarollo, on the topics of science education in high schools and technical career exploration. Coco and Juan felt that in their local schooling (in Togo and Colombia, respectively), they were taught only facts and how to follow... Topics: Paraguay, Science Education
Spherio hosts Jasmine, Mary, and Kendra speak about international development projects that Kendra and Mary did during January. Kendra continued a project involving art and water filtration in Ecuador that she has been working on for several years now. Mary worked on a project in Peru that she was able to participate in through D-Lab: Introduction to Development, a class at MIT that introduces students to international development by allowing them to travel to communities and do their own... Topics: Spherio, Western Hemisphere Project, D-Lab, international development, water filtration, Kendra...
Spherio hosts Jasmine and Mary speak with Alex Mbianda, who volunteers as lead Programme Officer for Cameroon and a Regional Manager of the World Computer Exchange, or WCE. WCE is a grassroots network of thousands of groups in 68 developing countries working together to help improve the educational opportunities for over 1 million youth annually. WCE volunteers gather and then ship donated used desktop and laptop computers to partner organisations and provide ongoing online help related to... Topics: World Computer Exchange, Spherio, Alex Mbianda
Spherio hosts Lyndsay Carslile and Kendra Johnson discuss cooperatives with Lynn Benander, director of Coop Power, a cooperative that works to combine purchasing power of its members to make renewable energy projects available to homes and communities. http://cooppower.onlinecommunity.coop/benefits Topics: Coop Power, Cooperatives, Community Economic Development, Spherio, Clean Energy, Renewable Energy
Spherio hosts Mary, Jasmine, and Jasmine's sister Bora speak with Lissette Gauthier, an HIV prevention specialist from the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. Lissette spoke about how she is involved with the AIDS Action Committee and what it does to try and slow the spread of AIDS in Massachusetts and give support to those affected by the disease. Topics: Spherio, Western Hemisphere Project, HIV prevention, HIV/AIDS, Lissette Gauthier, AIDS Action...
Spherio hosts Mary and Cat speak with Michael Gordon and Gleb Kuznetsov of the African Information Technology Initiative, or AITI. AITI is a student-run organization of MIT that promotes development in Africa by cultivating young technology entrepreneurs. The team develops curriculum materials, software technologies, platforms, and networks that enable African undergraduate students to innovate in the area of information and communication technologies (ICTs). AITI has sent over 100 MIT... Topics: AITI, Michael Gordon, leb Kuznetsov, African Information Technology Initiative, Spherio,...
Spherio hosts Jasmine, Cat, Froy, and Mary speak with Beth, who is the Coordinator of Community Awareness and Outreach at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. The Boston Area rape Crisis Center (BARCC) is the only rape crisis center in the Greater Boston area and the oldest and largest center in Massachusetts. Beth helps to promote awareness of the issue of sexual assault and the BARCC's services throughout the communities it serves. Topics: Spherio, Western Hemisphere Project, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
Spherio hosts Froylan, Jasmine, and Mary speak with Sarita, Pavitra, Leonid, and Aquene about the Bhopal Chemical Spill. On December 3rd, 1984, thousands of people in Bhopal, India, were gassed to death after a catastrophic chemical leak at a Union Carbide pesticide plant. More than 150,000 people were left severely disabled - of whom 22,000 have since died of their injuries - in a disaster now widely acknowledged as the worldâs worst-ever industrial disaster. A biography of Sarita follows:... Topics: Bhopal Chemical Disaster, Students for Bhopal, Sarita, Pavitra, Leonid, Aquene, Spherio, the...
Spherio hosts Jasmine, Kendra, and Mary talk about the issues of drug trafficking and gang violence in Mexico. They play a clip from CNN of a confrontation between gang members and the government, showing a violence that is rapidly evolving into a civil war in Mexico. Topics: Spherio, Western Hemisphere Project, drug trafficking, Mexico, gang violence, civil war in Mexico
Spherio hosts Amy and Froy play a radialistas piece and discuss recent activities in Gaza, including what role Americans should have in the conflict. They are joined by Marrie Najimy from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of Massachusetts (ADCMA) and Muhammad Elahi, a Palestinian friend of Amy. The ADCMA is committed to empowering Arab-Americans to embrace their identity and advocate for their civil rights in the state of Massachusetts. Froy also speaks about a program in... Topics: Spherio, Western Hemisphere Project, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of Masachusetts,...
Spherio hosts Froylan Sifuentes and Kendra Johnson interview Mexican native and organizer on both sides of the border, Mario Canek, along with Corry Banton from the Mexico Solidarity Network (www.mexicosolidarity.org) and three students who have participated in one of their study abroad programs. The discussion focuses on what is happening in Chiapas, the Zapatista model of organization, and what it can offer as a model of organizing from below and to the left. Topics: Zapatistas, the Other Campaign, Chiapas, Mario Canek, Spherio, Mexico Solidarity Network
Spherio host Amy Battisti-Ashe presents an interview conducted by Kendra Johnson with special guest Diana Gomez from Colombia. Diana is a member of the "Movimiento de hijos e hijas para la justicia y contra la impunidad" the movement of children for justice and against impunity. She tells about her work with womens organizations in Colombian, the suspected murder of her father in 2006, and the work of the victim's movement to raise awareness and speak the truth. Unless without... Topics: Diana Gomez, Human Rights, Colombia, movimiento de hijos e hijas, Victims movement, Spherio,...
Spherio hosts Kendra Johnson, Froylan Sifuentes, Mary Masterman, and Amy Battisti-Ashe present a recorded talk by David Bacon on immigration (talk given on September 9th at the Jamaica Plains Forum and recorded by WMBR's David Goodman). In his talk, David Bacon shares first-hand observations on how the United States' trade and economic policy sets off a domino effect which ends in high immigration rates. In seeking to create a favorable investment climate for large corporations, socioeconomic... Topics: David Bacon, immigration, NAFTA, globalization, migration
Spherio hosts Amy, Jasmine, and Cat speak with Professor Brinton Lykes, director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice of Boston College, which is an effort to pull together an interdisciplinary activist scholarship initiative that would bring together the schools of education, social work, and faculty of arts and sciences, particularly the ethics, theology, and human rights programs. Professor Lykes and her coworkers are trying to develop a participatory action research... Topics: Spherio, Brinton Lykes, Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Boston College,...
Spherio hosts Amy and Mary speak with members of Vida Verde, an all-Brazilian women's green cleaning collective. Members of Vida Verde use cleaning products with natural ingredients to provide safe housecleaning. This protects workers from harmful chemicals, which in the past caused workers to feel sick and get headaches, and protects them from the exploitation they might experience in a more traditional cleaning company. Topics: Vida Verde, green cleaning, natural cleaning, environmentally friendly, Brazil, cleaning...
"Spherio: The Local Voice of our Hemisphere" 10/5/07. Airs live 6-7 pm on WMBR 88.1 FM in Cambridge and at www.wmbr.org. Spherio hosts Froylan Sifuentes, Amy Battisti-Ashe, and Kendra Johnson July 26th Coalition's Charlie Welch about the timeless figure in the history of the Western Hemisphere: Che Guevara. As always, we also present some of the week's headline news stories, announcements, a radialistas.net radio production, and a "no your rights" interview the July 26th... Topics: Che Guevara, Spherio, WMBR
Spherio hosts Jasmine, Froy, and Mary speak with Grace Lee, a junior at MIT and the president of the MIT Habitat for Humanity Club, and Jessinda, the coordinator for Habitat's 2009 spring break trip to Florida. MIT Habitat for Humanity, as a campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity International, is a secular student-led group that seeks to raise awareness in the MIT community about poverty housing issues and to encourage participation in service events. Topics: Spherio, Western Hemisphere Project, MIT Habitat for Humanity, Grace Lee, poverty housing
Spherio host Amy plays music by female vocalists from the Americas, with a focus on Canada and the First Nations. Topics: First Nations, Spherio, Western Hemisphere Project, aboriginal peoples of Canada
Spherio hosts Jasmine, Mary, and Amy speak with La Tuza, an acoustic trio that performs Mexican roots music with a repertoire that includes pieces from the son jarocho, son huasteco, and son calentano traditions. They use such varied instruments as guitar, jarana jarocha, jarana huasteca, violin, cajon, pandero, and quijada. In the studio, La Tuza plays a few songs live and discusses the history of their band and the different styles present in their music. Topics: La Tuza, Spherio, the Spherio Collective, son jarocho, son huasteco, son calentano, Mexican...
(4/4/08) Spherio hosts Froylan Sifuentes, Kendra Johnson, and Amy Battisti-Ashe discuss the work of graduate students in MIT's department of Urban Studies and Planning to assist in the rebuilding of a community wrecked by an earthquake in Peru. Our guests include MIT Professor Phil Thompson and visiting scholar Sebastiao Ferreira who both work on the program. Topics: Spherio, Urban Studies and Planning, Peru, Earthquake, community rebuilding, MIT
Spherio host Kendra Johnson discusses health inequities here in the US and abroad with medical school student John Rose along with Dr. Dan Palazuelos, and Dr. Michael Herce, two physicians in the Global Health Equity residency program at Brigham and Women's hospital in Boston. John, Dan, and Michael share their stories of how they became involved in issues of health inequities and their experiences working with EAPSEC (The team for community health and education) in Chiapas Mexico. They also... Topics: Partners in Health, EAPSEC, chiapas, health inequity, global health equity, medical school
Spherio hosts Froylan Sifuentes and Kendra Johnson interview climate activists Alana Miller from Smith College and Jennie Hatch from Wellesley College about what youth are doing to fight for global warming legislation in Massachusetts. We discuss campus efforts such as the presidents climate commitment www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org and the recent national youth climate conference "Power Shift." Alana and Jennie also present information about a newly formed network called... Topics: Climate Change, Global Warming, Global Warming Solutions Act, Massachusetts, Youth Activism
(3/28/08) Spherio host Amy Battisti-Ashe discusses the Colombian conflict with Carlos Marin who just finished his doctoral thesis on why individuals join militant groups in Colombia. The results of his interviews are fascinating in that very few join because of a strong allegiance to the militant group's ideology, but rather because of social, family and community factors. Many are searching for a way out, but once they become part of a group they know too much and no longer have a choice but... Topics: Colombia, FARC, paramilitaries, militant groups, human side, guerrillas, war
Spherio: The Local Voice of our Hemisphere. 5/24/07 4-5pm on WMBR 88.1 FM Cambridge and www.wmbr.org. Spherio hosts Amy and Kendra discuss domestic violence and resources for survivors in the boston area. Domestic violence advocate "Melissa" and Sabrina, the director of organizing and education with "The Network/ La Red" share their perspectives and advice on issues of power and control in relationships -- not just heterosexual relationships but LGBT relationships as well. Topics: Domestic Violence, LGBT, La Red, Spherio
Spherio hosts Amy Battisti-Ashe, Kendra Johnson and Froy Sifuentes discuss renewable wind/solar energy in Nicaragua with Mathias Craig, MIT alumnus and founder and executive director of Blue Energy (www.blueenergygroup.org). Blue Energy is a nonprofit organization that has set up renewable electricity systems in 6 rural communities on the Caribbean side of Nicaragua. They manufacture the wind turbines locally, do the installations, give technical and administrative training, and provide ongoing... Topics: Blue Energy, Nicaragua
Spherio hosts Amy Battisti-Ashe and Jasmine Park interview two student leaders in international development, Kendra Johnson and Karishma Rahman, to discuss their global projects. Kendra Johnson has a community water system project in Santa Ana, Equador with her organization Sacha Yaku. Karishma Rahman has an innovative TB treatment program in Bihar, India where she will be implementing the social stigma TB treatment plan this Fall. Topics: spherio, equador, bihar, india, sacha yaku, international development
Spherio hosts Kendra Johnson, Froylan Sifuentes, and Amy Battisti-Ashe interview two MIT graduate students who have recently done work with American Indian groups in the United States. Nick Buchanan is a doctoral candidate in the Program in Science, Technology and Society and is writing his dissertation on negotiating environmental management. He has primarily been working with the Klamath tribes in Oregon. Amit Sarin is a Masters in City Planning candidate in the department of Urban Studies... Topics: Spherio, Klamath tribes, Navajo Nation, Nick Buchanan, Amit Sarin, environmental degredation,...
Spherio hosts Amy Battisti-Ashe, Kendra Johnson, and Froylan Sifuentes present n news, opinion and analysis about Colombia's attack on a FARC camp in Ecuador on March 1st. Bush supports Uribe's actions, the Organization of American States called it a violation of Ecuadorian sovereignty and Venezuela points out the similarities between Israel and Colombia. For background we turn to the second half of last week's interview with Diana Gomez from Colombia. Diana is a member of the "Movimiento... Topics: Diana Gomez, Colombia, Free Trade Agreement, Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, Plan Colombia,...
Spherio hosts Froylan and Mary speak with Roberto, an MIT student from El Salvador. Roberto speaks about his own perspective about the recent elections and the politics of El Salvador. Froy, who is from Mexico, has his own interesting questions for Roberto and his own perspective about El Salvador and Mexico. Topics: El Salvador Elections, FMLN, CISPES, Spherio, the Western Hemisphere Project
Spherio hosts Amy, Froy, and Mary talk with guest Deborah Garcia, an espiritista in Boston. Espiritismo, or spiritualism, is popular in the Caribbean and Latin America and is based around the idea that good and evil spirits can affect health, luck, and other aspects of human life. Topics: spherio, espiritismo, spiritualism, Deborah Garcia, Western Hemisphere Project, Caribbean
(3/14/08) Spherio hosts Kendra Johnson, Jasmine Park, and Froylan Sifuentes share some segments of an event commemorating the one year anniversary of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid in New Bedford, MA where 360 workers were detained because they could not prove their immigration status. We hear from lawyers working on the cases of detainees, activists, and a short excerpt from a documentary with the voices of detainees themselves. Topics: ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Raid, New Bedford, Massachusetts
Spherio hosts Amy, Froy, Jasmine, and Mary spoke with three members of Liberation Health, a group in Boston that tries to approach healthcare differently: instead of just advising clients to adapt to society, they try to achieve social change to overcome problems, in ways like organizing rallies and demonstrations with their clients. Topics: Spherio, Western Hemisphere Project, Liberation Health, WMBR, healthcare, social change
Spherio hosts Amy, Froy, and Mary talk with Maria Landaverde, director of the Welcome Project in Somerville for youth, as well as Caitlin, Sonia, Clivia, and Luana, four students in some of the programs of the Welcome Project. The Welcome Project helps immigrant families to improve themselves; one way they do this is through their youth program. Youth programs, like LIPS, the Liason Interpreter Program of Somerville, which trains bilingual students to become interpreters, help students to... Topics: Spherio, Western Hemisphere Project, Welcome Project, Somerville, LIPS, Liason Interpretor Program...
Spherio hosts Jasmine, Froy, and Mary speak with Alana Epstein and Matthew Andrews, who were election observers at the recent elections in El Salvador. Alana and Matthew work with CISPES, the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador. CISPES is a national solidarity organization that, since 1980, has led grassroots organizing efforts against U.S. economic and military intervention in El Salvador. It works within the transnational progressive movement to build alternative social... Topics: CISPES, Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, Alana Epstein, Matthew Andrews, El...
Spherio hosts Amy Battisti-Ashe, Froylan Sifuentes, and Kendra Johnson discuss Afrobrazilian music with the co-founder and artistic director of Bloco AfroBrazil, Marcus Santos. Bloco AfroBrazil gives performances of traditional street drumming in the AfroBrazilian tradition and works to teach drumming to several youth groups. They will perform with many other groups on Saturday September 27th at the block party of Berkelee BeanTown Jazz festival (on Columbus street beginning at Massachusetts... Topics: BeanTown, AfroBrazilian drumming, Bloco AfroBrazil
Spherio hosts Kendra, Froy, and Jasmine discuss the recent elections in El Salvador with Boston CISPES' Lisa Fuller. FMLN, a former guerrilla movement turned political party, has the most number of seats of any party in the Salvadoran legislature after the elections on January 18th. We also discuss electoral fraud and the prognosis for the upcoming presidential election in March. The FMLN candidate has a strong lead over his right-wing opponent in polls, but right-wing ruling party ARENA is... Topics: El Salvador, Elections, FMLN, CISPES, Fraud
Amy Battisti-Ashe and Kendra Johnson interview former Spherio host Luis Melendez about his new radio project in Vieques, Puerto Rico. Also appearing on this show: guest Eugene Godfried discussing politics in the Caribbean and his audio visual project: Regi radio (regiradio.org). Topics: Spherio, Puerto Rico, Carribean, Community Radio, Vieques
Spherio hosts Jasmine Park and Linda Pinkow interview four MIT undergraduate students who have a diverse background of the country of origin. Zaira Garate, Carolyn Gathingi, YingFei Li, and Cydnie Trice will share their thoughts on American education system and a recent increase in outposts of colleges in other countries. Topics: Spherio, international student, american education, college outpost
Spherio hosts Amy and Mary speak with guest Kathleen Li from the Global Poverty Initiative about Poverty Week at MIT. Kathy has been involved in GPI, a student organization at MIT dedicated to fighting international poverty and raising student awareness of the issues, since it began in 2007 during the planning for the Millennium Campus Conference. She has been able to travel to and work in both Tibet and rural India, and she lives in iHouse with Mary, a living community which fosters students... Topics: Global Poverty Initiative, Kathleen Li, India, Tibet, iHouse, Spherio
Spherio: The Local Voice of our Hemisphere 9/20/07 airs 4-5:30pm Thursdays on WMBR 88.1 fm Cambridge and on www.wmbr.org. Spherio host Anna Bernsteyn and Kendra Johnson discuss with Froylan Sifuentes his work on reforestation in the small farming community in Tecpaco in Central Mexico. Froylan chose to work with this community because his home town of Huejutla, farther down in the same water shed, is now really suffering from water shortages as their rivers dry up. The principle cause of this... Topics: Huejutla, Tecpaco, Mexico, Reforestation, water scarcity, community organizing, Spherio
Spherio hosts Lyndsay Carslile and Kendra Johnson discuss cooperatives with Lynn Benander, director of Coop Power. Cooperatives offer a model for member-owned business in which individuals can combine their resources to achieve together what the could not alone. Coop Power is a New England cooperative that applies this model to renewable energy projects, from installing solar water heaters in the tradition of barn raising to community wind, solar, and biofuel installations.... Topics: Coop Power, Cooperatives, Community Economic Development, Spherio, Clean Energy, Renewable Energy
Spherio hosts Amy Battisti-Ashe and Kendra Johnson present an interview with Judy Logback, founder of Kallari Association (www.kallari.com) in Ecuador, intermixed with music from the region. Judy tells of her experiences working as a biologist in a rainforest reserve and realizing that the most powerful thing she could do to save the rain forest was to help indigenous rain forest communities have sustainable alternatives to logging. By providing a market for traditional crafts and empowering... Topics: Spherio, Kallaria association, Ecuador, chocolate, rain forest, indigenous, communities, Kichwa,...
Spherio hosts Froylan Sifuentes, Kendra Johnson, and Amy Battisti-Ashe interview guests from EAPSEC -- el equipo de apoyo en salud y educacion comunitaria (the team for support of community health and education), a community health organization in Chiapas, Mexico, working in collaboration with many international organizations, including Partners in Health. Dr. Dan Palazuelos is a resident at the Brigham and Women's hospital in Boston and continues to work with EAPSEC in Chiapas, Mexico. Dan... Topics: EAPSEC, Partners in Health, Chiapas, community health, medicine
Spherio hosts Amy and Kendra discuss domestic violence and resources for survivors in the boston area. Domestic violence advocate "Melissa" and Sabrina, the director of organizing and education with "The Network/ La Red" share their perspectives and advice on issues of power and control in relationships -- not just heterosexual relationships but LGBT relationships as well. Topics: Domestic Violence, Boston